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Drew Peterson Boosts No. 16 USC Men's Basketball's 94-91 Double-Overtime Win At Oregon State

Feb 24, 2022

Drew Peterson had a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double to lead No. 16 USC men's basketball to a double-overtime win at Oregon State, 94-91, in Corvallis, Ore., on Thursday night.

Four other Trojans — Isaiah Mobley (19 points), Max Agbonkpolo (16), Reese Dixon-Waters (14, career-high) and Ethan Anderson (12)— also scored in double-digits. Mobley added 10 rebounds and Anderson had six assists and five steals.

It was the Trojans' first game that ended in overtime or later all season. USC was 3-0 in extra periods last year.

USC remains second in the Pac-12 standings and clinched a first-round bye in the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament. The Trojans stand three games behind first-place Arizona with three contests remaining in the regular season.

USC (23-4, 12-4 Pac-12) played without second-leading scorer Boogie Ellis (left ankle sprain) and energizer Isaiah White (right wrist strain), who both suffered their injuries during practice this week. Both are considered day-to-day.

The Trojans struggled against the Beavers (3-22, 1-4 Pac-12) in the first meeting in Los Angeles on Jan. 13, which saw Oregon State holding a 10-point lead early in the second half before USC rallied for the win.

USC had its hands full with Oregon State again on Thursday night, with the Beavers coming back after every time the Trojans tried to pull away.

With both teams shooting over 50% in the first half, USC went on a 13-2 run late in the first half and briefly held a 11-point lead with 1:37 left in the period. Oregon State went on a quick 6-0 before halftime that saw USC leading 40-33 at the intermission.

The Beavers immediately erased the Trojans' halftime lead with a 7-0 run. Max Agbonkpolo had a fastbreak dunk at the 10:47 that restored USC's lead, which lasted until the final three seconds of regulation.

After Mobley, Dixon-Waters and Agbonkpolo went for a combined 6-of-6 from the free-throw in the final two minutes of regulation, it appeared the Trojans would leave Corvallis on time with a win, but Dashawn Davis hit a game-tying 3-pointer for the Beavers with 3.3 seconds remaining. Warith Alatishe stole USC's ensuing inbound but Mobley blocked the last-second heave to send the game into overtime.

USC and Oregon State traded buckets for the entire first overtime period. Davis made another clutch bucket for the Beavers with and forced a second overtime after Peterson's fadeaway jumper with two seconds left fell short.

The shootout continued into the first two minutes of double overtime before USC's defense stepped up. The Beavers went on a 2:19 scoring drought while USC went up by four points with 26 seconds left in the game. Oregon State missed its final four field goals in the last two minutes to finally concede the game to the Trojans.

The Trojans made a season-high 21 free throws on 25 attempts. USC survived its second consecutive game in which the Trojans' opponent shot better than 45% from the 3-point line.

Davis scored a season-high 31 points for Oregon State.

USC finishes its Oregon road trip on Saturday against the Ducks (7:00 p.m. PT/ESPN2). The Trojans play their final home game of the season at Galen Center on Tuesday for a white-out against No. 2 Arizona (8:00 p.m. PT/ESPN).